July 17, 2023

60. With Liberty and Access For All: MDRC

We all have two basic needs as human beings.  One is to be authentic, to live our lives in a manner that reflects our true selves.   The other human need is to be accepted within a community.  When these two need conflict, when the community to which we belong does not accept our authentic self, the most common reaction is to "mask" that part of our identity that puts us at risk of being excluded from our association with other community members.  The MDRC mission is to "... cultivate disability pride and strengthen the disability movement by recognizing disability as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity while collaborating to dismantle all forms of oppression."  And while it is not possible for MDRC, or any advocacy organization, to reform the entire world,  they are committed to creating a space for self-discovery, to cultivate community, and to develop pride.  And they have developed an admirable track record in doing so.  

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